It's the first day of December (duh) which also means it's the first real day of the Christmas season. Growing up, one of my favorite parts about December (aside from all the presents near the end bit) was having an Advent Calendar.
Usually it was made of lightweight cardboard with a brightly colored picture on the front. On each of the first 25 days of December I got to punch out the number corresponding to the date to get my prize. Usually a small piece of tree-, santa-, reindeer-, or gift-shaped chocolate.
From the ages of 2 to 12 that was enough.
But these days I'm excited by more unique advent calendars. One which you can fill yourself with a variety of treats, prizes, or little gifts. I found some darling ones on Etsy.com (which is also a secret vice, but that's another post).
I absolutely adore this advent calendar made of a string of mini stockings from karlacola.
I love this Christmas tree made of stacked, craft paper-covered boxes from LBlal001.
Or, for more flexibility, there are these adorable cotton baggies from nuvonova.
Now, the real question is: What would you put in your advent calendar?
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